by Matt Alderton | February 08, 2015
Meetings are designed to facilitate the spread of information. Unfortunately, however, knowledge isn't the only thing attendees share at meetings and conventions. Often, they also share germs. In the Ebola era, that gives meeting planners a new and important role: guardians of public health.

"Meeting planners, as well as those who make decisions to send employees to these events, play a critical role in safeguarding travelers," Dr. Robert Quigley, senior vice president of medical assistance at International SOS, tells Successful Meetings Senior Editor Andrea Doyle.

Faced with a new public health mission, meeting planners must take great care to protect attendees' health and stop the spread of disease. A simple way to do so, Doyle reports, is with healthy food and beverage.

"Many times when you go to meetings, all that is available is bagels, pizza, cookies, candy, and soda. Eating too much of this leads to susceptibility to catching colds," Laura Petersen, chief operating officer of Student-Tutor tells Doyle. "I like to put out bags of nuts, fruit trays, veggies, and some cheese and meat platters so attendees can eat as much or as little as they like while still being able to get protein and nutrients into their system." 

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